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Feb. 8: Could Dodgers reunite with Jansen?
Kenley Jansen transformed from a Minor League catcher into one of baseball's premier closers during his time with the Dodgers. The 36-year-old has spent the past two seasons with Atlanta and Boston, but might he find his way back to Los Angeles soon?
Jansen spent 12 of his first 14 big league seasons with Los Angeles, compiling a 2.37 ERA and 350 saves from 2010-21. He was a three-time All-Star with the Dodgers and was named the National League's top reliever in 2016 and '17.
After re-signing Joe Kelly and Ryan Brasier (per source), the Dodgers have brought back many of the key contributors from last year's relief corps. But in that an offseason highlighted by the additions of Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Jansen would represent the club's biggest bullpen move.
Jansen made his fourth All-Star team in 2023 and became the seventh member of the 400-save club. He finished the year with a 3.63 ERA over 44 2/3 innings with the Red Sox. He is owed $16 million this year and is slated to be a free agent after the season.
Feb. 6: Kershaw reaches deal with Dodgers (source)
The Dodgers have reached a deal to bring back Clayton Kershaw, a source told MLB.com's Juan Toribio.
Kershaw is scheduled to take his physical on Thursday, the earliest day the Dodgers can place the left-hander on the 60-day injured list, thus being able to sign him without using a 40-man roster spot.
The 35-year-old underwent left shoulder surgery in November and is expected to miss a large chunk of 2024. Kershaw, though, is hoping to make a summer return. If he does, we now know it will be in Dodger blue.
The move to reunite with Kershaw could cap what has been an unbelievably successful offseason for the Dodgers, who signed Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto to free-agent megadeals and completed a trade with the Rays for ace pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot. Los Angeles also signed outfielders Teoscar Hernández and Jason Heyward, starter James Paxton and reliever Ryan Brasier in free agency.